Jeremy Corbyn will offer 'sensible' Leave option in a new Brexit referendum

17 September 2019, 23:07

Jeremy Corbyn would offer Brexiters a "sensible" Leave option
Jeremy Corbyn would offer Brexiters a "sensible" Leave option. Picture: PA
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would ensure Leave voters would have a "sensible" option to choose from in a second referendum on EU membership and he would abide by its result.

Mr Corbyn said his party would negotiate a new withdrawal agreement with the EU if it wins a forthcoming general election and then put it to a popular vote along with an option to Remain.

The leader of the opposition said it would be undemocratic to override the original decision without going back to the people.

Although other prominent Labour politicians such as Emily Thornberry, John McDonnell and Tom Watson have said they would support Remain in a confirmatory vote, Me Corbyn has hinted at staying neutral.

"A Labour government would secure a sensible deal based on the terms we have long advocated, including a new customs union with the EU, a close single market relationship, and guarantees of workers' rights and environmental protections," he said.

The Labour leader has suggested staying neutral in a second referendum
The Labour leader has suggested staying neutral in a second referendum. Picture: PA

"We would then put that to a public vote against Remain, and I pledge to carry out whatever the people decide, as a Labour prime minister.

"We are the only UK-wide party ready to put our trust in the people of Britain to make the decision."

The Labour leader criticised Boris Johnson for being willing to "crash out with No Deal," something he claimed was opposed "by business, industry, the trade unions and most of the public."

He went on to say Michael Gove had previously argued against leaving without a deal and then criticised the Liberal Democrats decision to overturn the result of the referendum.

He said: "And now the Liberal Democrats want MPs to overturn the referendum result by revoking article 50 in a parliamentary stitch-up.